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The Google Block Won’t Really Affect Current Huawei Users

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The intense trade battle between US and China is apparently coming for your smartphones, as Google announced earlier that it is going to block Huawei from using Android apps on its  devices.

Google has pulled Huawei’s license, after an executive order has been given by US president Donald Trump, aiming to ban the Chinese company’s equipment from US networks.

Now Egyptians are of course wondering where that leaves them at? US citizens will not be affected by this ban; seeing that Huawei’s phones are no longer available in the US market.

So again, where does this leave us, poor Egyptian consumers?

Well, the situation isn’t as horrific as many think it is. Right now, this ban will have no effect on current Huawei users. Google said that the Google Play Store and security features will continue to be available on existing Huawei phones.

This means that any device from the previous devices and the recent Huawei range release will operate normally, As for anything else that is to be released in the future, will not have access to significant Android services, such as Google Play, Maps and the Gmail app. 

Huawei phones not affected by the Google ban:

 

Huawei P30: P30 Pro, P30, P30 Lite

Huawei P Smart

Huawei Mate 20: Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 Lite, Mate 20 X

Huawei P20: P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite

Huawei Mate 10: Mate 10 Pro, Mate  10, Mate 10 Lite

Huawei P10: P10 Plus, P10, P10 Lite

In a statement, Huawei said: “Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.”

And it seems like the company also has a back-up plan, as Huawei’s head of consumer, Richard Yu, told the German publication Die Welt back in March, that the company has been working on developing its very own operating system, in anticipation to such an unfortunate event happening.

 

 

 

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Egypt’s to Build First Ever Monorail in Cairo

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Ministry of Transportation announced that the construction of the first ever monorail system has began, which will link Cairo’s Nasr City to the New Administrative Capital.

According to reports from both Al Shorouk and Daily News Egypt, the completion of the project will take around 36 months and will cost about €3bn.

Another monorail system will also be inaugurated in which it will link 6th of October City to Giza. The project will be done with the Canadian company, Bombadier in partnership with Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors.

These monorails can travel at 80 km/hour and can hold up to 48,000 passengers as 300 of them are expected to be delivered to Egypt.

 

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Instagram Is Fighting Back Against Bullies Through New Anti-bullying Features

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Instagram is once again trying to tackle the issue of cyber-bullying and fight back against bullies.

The company announced two new anti-bullying features; first one warns you when you post a hateful comment, and the second allows users to restrict certain people from publicly commenting.

These features were announced before during the F8 conference, where the company said that it was working on new warning labels.

While the feature doesn’t prevent people from actually leaving the comment, it encourages them to rethink what they are saying before posting.

“Are you sure you want to post this?” the message says. “We’re asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported.”

Instagram also added a new “restrict” feature that can be very helpful to those who are already facing bullying or harassment from certain people. The restrict feature can be seen as a middle ground between blocking and ignoring, having someone restricted will deprive them from leaving any comments, their messages will be directed straight to requests and they won’t be able to see your online status.

The feature is “testing in select countries,” according to Instagram, but will be widely available later this year.

Bullying has long been an issue especially for the photo-sharing app, now that it is growing more and more popular. A recent report even showed that bullying is more prevalent on Instagram than on Facebook, where users have to use their real names.

Hateful comments can be seen everywhere, privacy is limited especially for influencers and celebrities, so having those two features is certainly a smart move towards creating a safer environment.

According to the BBC, the features are being rolled out first for English-speaking Instagram users and shall be applied soon to other languages.

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Spotify Officially Launches Its ‘Lite’ App

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Music is meant to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of your network connectivity, data plan, and whether or not you have the latest phone and because Spotify understands this, they have introduced their latest feature Spotify Lite.

Lite is a small, fast, and simplified version of their unparalleled music experience that works much like the main Spotify app. Users will still be able to search and play their favorite songs and artists, save them, share with others, discover new music, and enjoy playlists made just for them, but with a few extra features making it ideal for older devices and operating systems.

SMALL. FAST. JUST AS LOUD.

Spotify Lite was built from the ground up based on user feedback from around the world, allowing millions more to enjoy the world’s best music experience — especially in areas with limited bandwidth and phone storage,” says Kalle Persson, Senior Product Manager at Spotify. Lite can be downloaded separately, both for Free and Spotify Premium users, and used either alongside or independently from the main Spotify app on all Android phones running version 4.3 or higher.

Spotify Lite will allow you to easily control your data and storage as it’s only 10 MB, which makes it quick to install and load while offering the same great listening experience that lets you discover, play, and enjoy millions of songs. Spotify Lite also comes with the ability to set a data limit and get a notification when you reach it. This way, you’ll be able to focus on finding your next favorite song without worrying about data.

You won’t have to worry about running low on storage because Spotify Lite also allows you to control your cache and clear it with a single tap.

Spotify Lite is now available in 36 markets across Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa on Google Play with more markets and features to follow as we continue to improve the Spotify Lite experience.

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